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into the central square in cairo to call for an end to the new egyptian leader's regime. it was an enormous show of strength from the opposition that spent days blasting egypt he is new president, morsi. he upset just about everybody last week when he decided to give himself broad new powers that say his decisions don't need approval from any court. essentially he's above the law. really no different than a dictator. protests showed their across the country, some of them violent. street fighting this between demonstrators and police. president morsi tried to calm the criticism by promising to reserve his new powers for only the most important decisions. but that didn't appease the protesters. remember, just last week, the united states was publicly praising president morsi when he helped end the conflict between israel and gaza. the white house says president obama has not spoken to his egyptian counterpart since then and today the press secretary jay carney said basically the egyptians need to work this out themselves. there is no evidence that will happen any time soon. right now this enormous
. >> unbelievable. more than 100,000 people flooded into downtown cairo. this time they are protesting the current president martha maccallum and his power grab. they are disillusioned with what he has brought to their country. then you have this happening. police firing teargas. gypt's highest courts refusing to work in protest of morsi's actions. steve harrigan is streaming live from cairo. the protests looked like the unrest we saw in that same square back in 2009 and the arab spring and the overthrow of mubarak. how dangerous is it? is it more dangerous now? >> this certainly allows similarities between what we saw last night and those demonstrations that overthrew mubarak. hundreds of thousands of people are energized. many of them want this president out. but a couple of important differences. the current president martha maccallum was elected by 52% of the vote just five months ap a - the current president mohamed morsi haas elected by 52% of the vote. martha: it was a close election and the other choice may have been a more democratic choice. people were searching for new leadership and th
watching in cairo. that's where we find our very own steve harrigan with more. >> reporter: jenna, the protesters are out once again in tahrir square tonight but in much smaller numbers than we saw last night. last night the hugest protests so far. as many as 200,000 people in the square. many of them calling not just for president morsi to withdraw his decree for his entire government to fall. as you mentioned, judges, in two of the major courts in egypt have gone out on strike. going out on strike until morsi repeals his decree entirely. for the first time we're hearing about public support for president morsi from his main backers, the muslim brotherhood. up until now morsi supporters have kept away from these demonstrators. now the muslim brotherhood say they will carry outa nationwide march on saturday, a real show of the popular support for the president. it may be that the tactics of the government will simply be hands off on these demonstrators in hopes these protests now after six days will begin to fade. jenna, back to you. jenna: steve harrigan live in cairo on the deve
harrigan is live in cairo with the very latest, steve. >> those protestors are out again for the 6th night in a row at tahrir square scuffling with police. we've seen exchanges of rocks and teargas on both sides, several protestors coming away injured, police injured as well. nowhere near the numbers we saw last night where as many as 200,000 demonstrators were in the square. they are demanding not only that the president pull back on his decrease but the entire government gets toppled. judges from two of the courts including the appeals court has gone on strike. they say they are not going to work again until the president takes a step back. we are seeing no comprises from president mohammed morsi. in fact we are hearing from his supporters in the muslim brotherhood that they plan on staging major marchs across the nation on saturday in support of mohammed morsi. they have kept their distance perhaps trying to reduce of conflict between two sides. megyn: steve harrigan thank you. new safety measures being put in place to protect the world from a dangerous historic site. trace takes a look
news's steve harrigan is live in the cairo with the latest. what is happening there? >> these protests have been going on for five days and they have been getting stronger each day. this is the largest rally we've seen. perhaps as many as 100,000 people packing into tahrir square behind me. really a mix of people from different political parties. they're really united by one thing. anger over the move i about the president really to give him the power to issue any decree and make himself above the law beyond the reach of egypt's courts. throughout the day we saw street battles between protesters, especially younger protesters on sde streets battling with police. tear gas back and forth. rocks back and forth. police sometimes picking up rocks throwing at protesters. a total of four people have been killed so far in the protests. we're waiting a watching to see what the people who support president morsi, the muslim brotherhood will do. they had a major march today. they canceled it. they are concerned having th groups on the street at the same time could prove more violent than what we'
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